The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team is officially rolling, winning three straight games coming in to their showdown against Medgar Evers College tonight in Brooklyn, NY.  The game will mean a great deal in the standings, as CSI is a full game ahead of the Cougars in the standings, and will look to keep pace on Lehman College, the team at the top of the table.

Matchup: CSI (11-4 overall, 5-2 CUNYAC) vs. Medgar Evers College (7-8 Overall, 4-3 CUNYAC)
Where:  Cougars Cave – 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Tip-Off:  8:00pm
All-Time Series: CSI leads 61-17
Last Year’s Result: CSI won both meetings
Players To Watch (CSI): First-year junior Khaleeq Baum turned in another great performance on Wednesday against York, and is now averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game thus far.  Look for him to want to stay hot.  Senior Will Fonseca continues to pace the squad in points and rebounds, boasting 22.6 points per contest to go with 8.8 boards.  Edin Bracic is averaging 9.1 points per game, and CSI is 12-1 all-time when he scores 10+ points in a game.
Players To Watch (MEC):  Matthew Lee has been the CUNYAC’s most dynamic scorer this season, as he is averaging 29.9 points per game through 15 games this season.  He is also second on the squad with 7.3 rebounds per contest.  Look for Andon Thomas to be critical.  He leads the squad in rebounds with 9.6 per contest while also contributing 11.0 points per game.  
News and Notes: CSI has had the better go of it in the series through recent years, winning the last 9 meetings between the two teams.  Medgar’s last win in the series came in the CUNYAC Postseason in 2011.  The Dolphins boast a 27-8 all-time record at the Cougars Cave and have won 10 out of the 11 there.  Both teams have won and lost against the same teams this year save for Lehman.  CSI scored a win on Saturday against the Lightning, while the Cougars fell to Lehman, 90-76 back on December 4.  MEC has won three of their last four games, and have averaged 94.3 points in those games.  CSI meanwhile has displayed outstanding defense, holding opponents to just 64 points per game over this recent three game streak.  Both teams will want to shoot the ball well tonight.  MEC is 6-0 this season when shooting 45% or better, while the Dolphins are 11-1 when they do the same.  Both teams are on the negative side of turnovers this season and protecting the ball is important.  The teams are a combined 7-4 when winning the turnover battle.